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State DOTs Plan Ways to Cope With Uncertain Federal Funds
With federal highway authorizations due to expire in three months, and no replacement bill even introduced yet in Congress, some state agencies are postponing highway contract bid lettings and others are drawing up contingency plans that could delay project starts, officials say.
February 27, 2015 – ENR

Iowa State Gas Increase Signed into Law This Week
A 10 cents-per-gallon state gas tax increase signed into law Feb. 25 by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad (R) is the latest in a series of initiatives recently put forward by state governments to boost infrastructure funding, according to a new report from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).
February 27, 2015 – Construction Equipment Guide

Lobbying Powerhouses Duke It Out Over Ex-Im Reauthorization
Representatives of more than 600 manufacturers and businesses from 41 states descended on Capitol Hill Wednesday to encourage lawmakers to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank.
February 27, 2015 – The Daily Caller

Lobbying Powerhouses Duke It Out Over Ex-Im Reauthorization
Representatives of more than 600 manufacturers and businesses from 41 states descended on Capitol Hill Wednesday to encourage lawmakers to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank.
February 27, 2015 – The Daily Caller

Senate to hold highway bill hearing
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is scheduled to hearing about the possibility of passing a new bill to boost U.S. infrastructure funding on Wednesday.
February 25, 2015 – The Hill

House lawmakers: End the uncertainty for highway funding
With a May 31 deadline approaching to extend the life of the Highway Trust Fund, a large group of U.S. representatives believes it's time to pass a lasting highway bill and end the short-term extensions.
February 24, 2015 – Land Line

Businesses to descend on DC for Ex-Im push
Nearly 700 businesses of all sizes will flood Congress this week to tell Congress to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank.
February 24, 2015 – The Hill

Some Dems prepared to override Obama's veto
Some Senate Democrats are already saying they will vote to override President Obama's veto of legislation authorizing the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
February 24, 2015 – The Hill

Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline, leaving it in limbo
President Barack Obama on Tuesday, as promised, swiftly vetoed a Republican bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, leaving the long-debated project in limbo for another indefinite period.
February 24, 2015 – Reuters

Shuster prepared to meet challenge of long-term transportation bill
Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, recently said Congress must focus on passing bipartisan legislation to provide long-term funding for repairing and rebuilding the nation's aging infrastructure.
February 19, 2015 – Ripon Advance

Idaho bill pushes 8-cent gas tax hike
A bill calling for sharp increases in Idaho's gas and diesel fuel taxes, as well as a 50 percent increase in car registration fees, was introduced in the Idaho House on Monday, although even its sponsor said the proposal is just a starting point.
February 17, 2015 – The Spokesman-Review

Mendez Tells AED Summit Engagement Key to Highway Bill Success
Speaking to attendees at AED's Summit & CONDEX in Orlando, the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT)Deputy Secretary laid out the Obama administration's ambitious highway reauthorization plan while encouraging equipment distributors to press for congressional action.
February 16, 2015 – AED News

DOT Chief Foxx touring 5 states to promote $478 billion Grow America Act
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx will wind his way through Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia on a four-day bus tour to promote the Obama administration's Grow America Act.
February 13, 2015 – Equipment World

Foxx to testify at House transport funding hearing
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is scheduled to testify at House hearing about boosting U.S. infrastructure funding next week.
February 6, 2015 – The Hill

Secretary Foxx releases "Beyond Traffic" infrastructure analysis
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx with Google Chairman Eric Schmidt unveiled "Beyond Traffic," a forward-looking infrastructure analysis from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).
February 4, 2015 – Pit & Quarry

Study suggests gas tax revenue simply won't cut it
According to a report issued Wednesday by the Center for American Progress (CAP), the long-held idea that highways can pay for themselves is really little more than a myth.
February 2, 2015 – Roads & Bridges

Senate Approves Keystone Pipeline Bill
The Senate passed legislation Thursday approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, setting up a looming veto showdown with the White House.
January 30, 2015 – USAgnet

Astec's Ben Brock: "Best shot we've had in 10 years" to get out of highway funding dead end
All the talk about the upcoming highway bill reauthorization-now in an extension until May-had a familiar ring to Ben Brock, president and CEO, Astec Industries. "I've been around this industry all of my life and I was starting to hear the same stories," he told me during a break at the National Asphalt Pavement Association annual meeting this week.
January 30, 2015 – Equipment World

DOT chief: Small highway fixes 'killing our will to build'
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx called Wednesday for lawmakers to pass a multi-year infrastructure funding bill, saying the cycle of temporary extensions is killing states' willingness for road and transit projects.
January 28, 2015 – The Hill

AAA, ATA, U.S. Chamber of Commerce urge Congress to pass permanent fix for the Highway Trust Fund
With the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) inching ever so closer to insolvency, organizations are redoubling efforts to ensure Congress is passes a permanent fix, rather than a patch.
January 27, 2015 – Better Roads

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